The Roopkund Lake is based in Nanda Devi National Park in the Gharwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand. The approximate height of Roopkund Trek is 4750m and if you also climb to Jurangali point 250m above Roopkund lake to get an beyond belief view of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul massif.
There are very few trails in our country that are as safe for beginners as the Roopkund trail is and yet climb to such a high altitude.
This trek is open in two part before monsoons in May-June or after the monsoons in August – September. Now if you do the trek in May/June, the bugyals will be greener than ever and the lake will be thawed which means you get to see the skeletons. and If you do the trek in September, the bugyals will be on the browner side, still beautiful, but towards the end of the month, there will be snow – lots of it. And in all probability, the lake will be frozen. So chose your pick – skeletons or snow!
Important Information About Roopkund Trek
The trail is wide and well-laid-out. There is no chance to get lost or lose your way. Frankly, you don’t even need to take a guide on this trek if you follow the right direction. A guide comes in handy only when you have to traverse the snow patches on your final climb to Roopkund. During the trek you will visit Lohajung, Didna, Ali Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal, Ghora Lotani, Bhagubasha and Wan.
The journey begins from Kathgodam, a small town in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is accessible by railways and roadways, which are the only two ways to arrive in this beautiful destination. The closest airport is the Pantnagar Airport, which is 71 kms away – you will have to rely on road transport or rails to arrive in Kathgodam.
The trek starts from lohajung. The village Loharjung has a striking view of the basins of Nilganga. It offers a placid and private abode to travellers, most of who pass through here to go across to the other charms of the area. Few restaurants are available here and very few lodging facilities are present. This is where you can obtain permits for your trek and enjoy amidst the serenity of nature.
Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal are located at a majestic height of 3400 m, Ali Bugyal lies atop a mountain while treading through thick vegetation of oak and birch trees. With beautiful grassy terrains and green stretches, Ali Bugyal offers an enchanting view with misty winds and colourful treats. Horses and cattle commonly graze the area while a view of the Trishul Peak and Mrigthuni Peak forms an amazing backdrop to this mesmerising location.
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The trek from Bedni Bugyal to Ghora Lautani with an altitude change of 2000ft. This will be a good idea for better acclimatization else you can proceed towards Bhaguabhasa. Ghora Lautani is a secluded campsite on a slope and all surrounded by high peaks.
A noticeably isolated location is what stands at Bhagwabasa with stone blocks on all sides of the trail. An array of abandoned stone huts ranging in size can be seen here and were rented out to trekkers in the past. These huts now stand destroyed but yet offer a great view amidst the misty backdrops with abundant cloud cover. The peaks of Nanda Ghunti, Trishul and Kali Dak can be clearly sighted from here.
Trishul, the first 7,000 metre summit to be climbed by man, is seen closest on the Roopkund trail. It towers over the trek from Day 2 until Day 5, getting closer as you approach Roopkund. When you stand on top of Junargali at 16,000 feet, there is nothing that stands in between Trishul and you. In Indian Himalayas, getting so close to a major summit is unique to a trail.
Roopkund Trek has a mystical history with remains and skeletons of humans and horses spotted here that are believed to be from the Palaeolithic Age (500-600 years ago). This lake is nestled amidst the panoramic scenery of mountains, rock-strewn glaciers and skeletal remains. Roopkund is a famous trekking destination among travellers with its mystical appearance.